Saturday 17th October - FoG Renaissance - I turned up around midday to see Chris and Al still playing the battle of Dunbar. I took over the English (hiss! boo!) and developed the cavalry attack on the Scots. I had to make whatever headway I could as soon as possible. If I didn't the Scots foot (twice the number I had) would fall upon my pbi. As it happened we drew stumps at 16:00 when I had just attacked a foot unit in the flank. There had been much consulting of the rules and head scratching. Looks like we all need to become a lot more familiar with this particular rule set!
Wednesday 21st October - finished another book:
This volume is all about the slowly developing American colonies - English, Dutch, French, Swedish & Danish. The period is characterised by religious intolerance (yet again) and empire building. For those who play "Muskets & Tomahawks" there is a mass of information about real and projected conflicts. The natives fought for and against various colonial powers sometimes as allies and occassionally as the dominant partner.
It becomes clear that political in-fighting meant that 'paper' strengths did not translate into boots on the ground. Even if these theoretical numbers were achieved some garrisons were still tiny (and the guns in poor condition). No surprise then as to how many times forts, outposts and minor colonies changed hands or were destroyed.
This volume does suffer from some rather poor english but does not become unreadable.
I shall take a break from factual books and go back to Star Trek or Star Wars - just to give my brain a rest.
Sunday 25th October I will be Fiasco (Leeds) as I have voluntered to help out at a demonstration game - more of that next week.